The doctor will take a detailed history emphasizing specific medications that you may be taking. A physical examination will be performed.
When there is a history of trauma, the doctor may take X-rays of your neck to exclude a fracture or dislocation of the spinal bones in your neck.
- Often, X-rays are sufficient to make this determination.
- In a small number of cases, subtle abnormalities or preexisting conditions, for example, degenerative arthritis of the spine or of the neck may require a CT scan.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014
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